Freda Pemberton Smith
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Freda Pemberton Smith was born in 1902 and enjoyed a career that spanned eight decades of the 20th Century. She studied at Montreal’s École des Beaux-Arts and later in London at the Slade. Her main study was under Edmond Dyonnet, who also taught Jack Bush and A.Y. Jackson. Though originally from Westmount, Quebec, she spent her latter years in the Ottawa Valley town of Vankleek Hill until her death in 1991.
A member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), Freda Pemberton Smith showed her work in galleries across Canada, among them the Collector’s Gallery, Wallacks, the Karsh-Masson Gallery, Kaspar Gallery, Galerie Dresdnere and Zwickers; for a number of years she took part in the art rental programs of Montreal’s Musée des Beaux-Arts and in Kingston at Queen’s University’s Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
In the early eighties, a major retrospective of her work was held at Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. More recently, in March 2002, the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program mounted an exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery to mark the centenary of her birth.
Miss Smith also participated in the group exhibitions of the Royal Canadian Academy, the CSPWC and the Pastel Society of America, among many others. She is represented in public, private and corporate collections both at home and abroad. Her biography appears in the Canadian Women Artists’ Data Base of Concordia University and in Colin S. MacDonald’s A Dictionary of Canadian Artists.
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